Why are the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Dangerous Goods Regulations (DGRs) published annually, whereas other similar publications are generally issued on a biennial basis?

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Why are the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Dangerous Goods Regulations (DGRs) published annually, whereas other similar publications are generally issued on a biennial basis?

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Firstly, it must be stressed that the IATA DGRs are not actually regulations, but terms and conditions applied by the airline members of IATA.

For air carriage of dangerous goods, the applicable international requirements are laid out in the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) Technical Instructions (TIs), although these will have to be given legal teeth through national laws passed by the country concerned.

In the UK, the ICAO TIs are given legal force through the Air Navigation (Dangerous Goods) Regulations 2002, as amended from time to time to give effect to the latest edition of the ICAO TIs (eg as at October 2013, the most recent amendment was the 2012 amendment that gave legal effect to the 2013–2014 edition of the ICAO TIs).

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